National Safety Month: Importance of a Safer Construction Workplace

June is National Safety Month, a dedicated time to raise awareness about workplace safety, particularly within the construction industry. It’s a crucial opportunity for both employers and employees to prioritize creating a safe work environment and preventing accidents. Let’s continue reading to understand the inherent risks associated with construction work.

National Safety Council: Leading the Way in Workplace Safety Resources

The National Safety Council (NSC) plays a pivotal role in National Safety Month. Throughout June, the NSC provides a wealth of free resources to strengthen safety practices within construction workplaces. These resources address leading causes of injuries in construction, including:

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): These can be caused by repetitive motions, heavy lifting, and awkward postures. The NSC offers guidance on proper lifting techniques, workstation ergonomics, and early intervention strategies to prevent MSDs.
  • Workplace Impairment: Alcohol, drugs, and fatigue can significantly impact focus and reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents. The NSC provides resources for developing and implementing impairment detection and prevention programs.
  • Injury Prevention: The NSC offers a comprehensive toolbox of resources on topics like fall protection, hazard communication, and electrical safety. You can explore these topics further at Safety Culture Toolbox Topics.
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls: These seemingly minor incidents can have serious consequences. The NSC offers resources on identifying and mitigating slip-and-fall hazards in construction environments.

By utilizing these resources and promoting safety awareness campaigns, the NSC empowers employers and employees to effectively address potential risks. This ultimately fosters a culture of safety where everyone prioritizes safe work practices and injury prevention.

The Cornerstone of Safety: A Well-Run Safety Program

Beyond utilizing NSC resources, here are some key components of a well-run safety program for construction companies:

  • Establish a safety office staffed by qualified safety professionals responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive safety plan for the workplace.
  • Conduct regular safety inspections to identify and address potential hazards.
  • Provide safety training for employees on various topics relevant to their roles.
  • Enforce safety protocols and investigate accidents to prevent future occurrences.
  • A clear and defined process for reporting injuries is crucial for timely incident investigation and corrective action.
  • Regular toolbox talks are a great way to keep safety at the forefront of workers’ minds. These short, focused discussions before the start of a shift can address specific safety concerns related to the tasks at hand. Refer to the NSC resources or Safety Culture Toolbox Topics for potential discussion topics.
  • Safety is not a one-way street. Actively encourage employee participation in safety initiatives. This can involve soliciting feedback on existing practices, recognizing employees who go above and beyond in demonstrating safety awareness, and establishing safety committees where workers can contribute ideas and share concerns.

PMC Insurance Group: Your Partner for a Safer Construction Future

At PMC Insurance Group, a subsidiary of One80 Intermediaries, we don’t just offer Construction Workers’ Compensation insurance; we are committed to being a partner in your safety success. By working together and prioritizing safety, we can significantly reduce workplace injuries in the construction industry. This June, let’s leverage National Safety Month as an opportunity to re-evaluate and strengthen your safety program. Contact us today to discuss how we can partner with you to create a safer and healthier work environment for your employees. Together, let’s build a brighter future for the construction industry.

By PMC Insurance Group

Since 1996, PMC Insurance Group has worked to help independent agents grow their client base by offering workers' compensation solutions for a wide array of businesses. As one of the most distinguished workers' compensation wholesalers in the country, we have the tools and resources to help you create coverage programs for both small businesses and large accounts.